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Is a Portable Washing Machine Worth Your Money?

Just about everything comes in a portable size nowadays, and believe it or not, that includes washing machines. They’re marketed mainly towards residents of small apartments and tiny houses, advertised as “a perfect companion for people who are limited in space” (from So is a portable washing machine really worth your money if you’re short on space and full on dirty laundry?

Let’s look at the pros and cons of a portable washing machine.

1. Noise Factor

Though some higher-end models are designed to run quieter, washing machines are generally a fairly noisy appliance. Mine is so loud that I usually don’t start a wash cycle until I’m about to leave the house anyhow.

That’s one of the selling points of a portable washing machine: they run a lot quieter than standard-sized machines, and they come with a noise-proof plate that sits beneath the machine to further dampen the sound.

If you’re trying to minimize noise, that’s a point in favor of portable washing machines.

2. Durability/Longevity

One of the advantages standard washing machines have over their portable counterparts is durability. With proper maintenance, washing machines can last literally for decades; the ones in the basement of my first apartment building were older than me by a long shot.

Is there such thing as a long-lasting portable washing machine? Yes – but not all are designed to last, you have to handle them with a bit more care than you would a regular one. Brand quality is a big factor here. Be sure to read the reviews of whatever model you’re thinking of buying to ensure you’re investing in a long lasting portable washing machine.

3. Portability

Obviously, a standard washing machine is the opposite of portable. In fact, it’s basically designed to sit in one place unmoved for 10-30 years. When it comes time to replace it, lots of people would rather disassemble their old unit in place and scrap the parts than actually lug the whole thing out of the house.

Portable washing machines aren’t really meant to be moved from location to location on a daily basis – they still weigh about 80lbs. But since they’re equipped with castors, a portable washing machine can easily be pushed around the room and stored when not in use.

The other advantage of a portable washing machine is the fact that it doesn’t require dedicated plumbing – any standard ¾ faucet can serve as a water hook-up while it’s in use. That means you can set it up in the kitchen, washroom, or outside an RV.

So, Is a Portable Washing Machine Worth It

Portable washing machines are a worthwhile investment if:

  • You don’t have a dedicated laundry room or access to plumbing.
  • You plan to move out of your place in the next few years.
  • You need a way to do laundry on a road trip or camping trip, and don’t have access to a laundromat.
  • You need a quiet washing machine, but can’t afford a high-end standard-size unit.